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Bay Area CouncilTrainingBASIC (REQUIRED)

Basic Training

A cornerstone of the Boy Scout programs is training. Some of these training courses are conducted by districts and some by the council; others are available through the BSA Online Learning Center.

Also, if you need a training and we are not offering it at this time, please feel free to check the Sam Houston Area Council for more training opportunities.


Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for Cub Scout leaders is a one-day training event that introduces participants to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly pack camping. This training is required for any adult who is in charge of planning a pack campout, and it is required that at least one adult per pack complete BALOO training in order to apply for tour permits.

TIME: 7:45 a.m.- 3 p.m.

DATE: March 28, 2015

PLACE: Aldersgate Methodist Church, 13217 FM 1764 Rd, Santa Fe, TX 77510

COST: $15, Food will be provided, but participants in BALOO training will be doing the cooking!

CONTACT: Andy Tirpak at

Class A shirt
Eating utensils

Paper & pen
Camp chair
Bug spray (Just in case)
Rain gear (Just in case)

REGISTER BY: March 18, 2015



Chartered Organization Representative Training

The Chartered Organization Representative Training (Course D72) is for the Chartered Organization Representative (CR) who has not completed their training to become a “Trained Leader.” This training is the in person training that the BSA requires for CRs. Required online training for CRs include Youth Protection (Course YPT01 for all but Venturing, Ships, and Posts which require YPT02 instead), This is Scouting (Course WA01), and Chartered Organization Representative Fast Start (Course D62).

Once all the above training is completed, the CR is considered a ‘trained leader’ for their specific position and authorized to wear the respective Cub Scout (Red) or Boy Scouts/Venture/Exploring (Green) patch.

9-10:30 a.m., August 29, 2015 (Register by August 19, 2015)
7-8:30 a.m., September 28, 2015 (Register by September 18, 2015)

PLACE: Hometown Bank of Alvin, 1050 N Bypass 35, Alvin, TX 77511

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Chartered Organization Representatives, Chartered Organization Executive Officers

COST: Free

CONTACT: Dianna Marsh at


Commissioner Basic Training

A trained commissioner is an effective commissioner. This is a six-hour course designed for unit commissioners, new-unit commissioners, district and assistant district commissioners, and roundtable commissioners.

Topics include budgets, retention, membership, leadership development, fundraising, conflict management, communication, advancement, BSA policy, charter organizations, etc.

TIME: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

DATE: May 9, 2015

PLACE: Hometown Bank, 1050 N Bypass 35, Alvin, TX 77511

COST: Free, you may bring your own lunch or purchase it from Kelly's Country Kitchen next door.

CONTACT: Lisa Stegman at

REGISTER BY: May 9, 2015



Cub Scout Leader Specific Training

Leader Specific Training provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership role. Den leaders (tiger wolf, bear) and Webelos den leaders are provided with the information and tools needed to conduct successful den meetings. Cubmasters and pack committee members are provide with information and tools needed to successfully plan a successful pack program.  These trainings can also be taken online.


Den Chief Training

Den Chief Training is basic training for Boy Scouts interested in becoming den chiefs for a Cub Scout den, and for adult leaders who wish to know more about this vital position. This course can be taken online.


District Operations &
Commissioner New Tools and Orientation Training

DISTRICT OPERATIONS TRAINING: Learn the major taks and functions of the District Committee Chair and its members. This training is open to all District Committee members.

COMMISSIONER NEW TOOLS & ORIENTATION TRAINING: Scouting professionals and volunteers have likely seen new my.Scouting Tools appear when they log in to Learn how to use the new tools and get your questions answered.

TIME: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.




CONTACT: Lisa Stegman at




Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) & Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills (OWLS)

Working as patrols, this hands-on IOLS course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank. Along with Scoutmaster Specifics this course is required of all direct contact leaders registered in Boy Scout troops and Varsity Scout teams, in order to be considered "trained."

OWLS is designed to help Webelos leaders enhance the outdoor program for the Webelos Scouts in their den by teaching some basic outdoor skills as well as skills needed to complete many of the Webelos activity badges.

TIME: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.

DATE: May 30-31, 2015

PLACE: Camp Karankawa, 3249 FM 1459 Rd., Sweeny, TX 77480

COST: $30

Boy Scout/Webelos Handbook
tent & sleeping gear
camp chair
eating utensils
compass & pocket knife (If you have one)
paper & pen
uniform and rain gear (depending on the weather).

CONTACT: Andy Tirpak at

REGISTER BY: May 20, 2015



Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters Basic Leader Training

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters Basic Leader Training is intended to provide troop leadership with the information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops.

TIME:  6:30-9:30 p.m. (You must attend both evenings.)

DATE:  April 22-23, 2015

PLACE: Aldersgate Methodist Church, 13217 FM 1764 Rd, Santa Fe, TX 77510

COST: Free

CONTACT: Andy Tirpak at

Boy Scout Handbook
Paper & pen

REGISTER BY: April 5, 2015



This training package is open to all but you must attend ALL FIVE sessions for credit:

The Scouting Experience - SM/ASM Training, Five Part Series 2015


Although "The Scouting Experience (TSE)" is a new approach to SM/ASM training here at Bay Area Council (BAC), it has decades of history at other councils. One of the developers of TSE at the Stanton Island Council is a 50-year BSA-veteran Rudy Lazides (former T603 SM in League City and currently an Assistant District Commissioner).  Rudy is serving as the TSE Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and Roger Boyer is serving as the SM (or course director). 

TSE places the participants (i.e. adult leaders who wish to go the extra mile in SM/ASM training) into patrols of a Troop (i.e. T574, which coresponds to our Council's number in BSA).  TSE covers the material offered by both the SM/ASM leader specific training as well as the Introductory Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS).  It does not cover the Outdoor Webelos Leader Skills (OWLS) training (which is specific to Webelos and not required for SM/ASM training).


This will be a different offering of Scoutmaster/Assistant Scout Master training. Instead of doing it in two parts it will be done in FIVE SESSIONS with one of the sessions being a weekend campout for the IOLS portion of the training.

REGISTRATION (You must attend all FIVE dates)



PART 1: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - Patrol Method, Aldersgate Methodist Church, 13217 FM 1764 Rd, Santa Fe, TX 77510

PART 2: Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Scoutmaster Outdoor Skills, Camp Mohawk, CR 193and Texas 35, Alvin, TX 77511 OR Jack Brooks Park, 5700 FM 2004 & SH6, Hitchcock, TX 77563

PART 3: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - Model Troop Meeting, Aldersgate Methodist Church, 13217 FM 1764 Rd, Santa Fe, TX 77510

PART 4: Friday, October 23, 2015 – Sunday October 25, 2015 - Troop Campout (IOLS), Camp Karankawa, 3249 Fm 1459 Rd, Sweeny, TX 77480

PART 5: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - Court of Honor Graduation for the Scouting Experience, Aldersgate Methodist Church, 13217 FM 1764 Rd, Santa Fe, TX 77510

COST: $35

Copy of
BSA Medical Form (Please bring to the first session.)

Scoutmaster Handbook

Boy Scout/Webelos Handbook
Camp chair
Eating utensils
Compass & pocket knife (If you have one)
Paper & pen
Uniform and rain gear (just in case).

Roger Boyer, Phone:281-904-0737, E-mail:
Rudy Lazides, Phone:281-557-9228, E-mail:

REGISTER BY: September 20, 2015



Venture Crew Leader Training

This training is designed to introduce adult Venturing crew leaders to the basic information needed to operate a crew.

TIME: 8:30-12:30 p.m. (Four hour course)

DATE: May 30, 2015

PLACE: Aldersgate Methodist Church, 13217 FM 1764 Rd, Santa Fe, TX 77510

COST: Free

CONTACT: Andy Tirpak at

REGISTER BY: May 20, 2015



Online Training

These courses and many others can be taken online at

  • Create an account - this can be done with or without your BSA membership ID.
  • If you enter your membership ID, your training records will be updated at the council office.
  • If you are not yet registered, you can still take training.  Just print the certificate at the end of each course.
  • After your account is created, you will receive an email with a link. Click the link to activate your account. This must be done before you can log in. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder.
  • Once you log in to, click E-Learning on the left side. Trainings are listed under tabs (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, and General).
  • Submit your certificate of completion to your District Training Chair.